She’s inspired by her pups’ ability to live in the present and the optimism, unconditional love, passion and commitment of her family, boyfriend and yoga students, and her favorite thing about teaching yoga is reminding her students to let each day’s practice whatever it needs to be. Charlotte thinks of yoga as a permission slip of sorts – permission for things to be messy – but also permission to be fully present in life’s messes and to find a way to dance through life’s messes with your own awkward grace and own each moment – messy or not.
Charlotte completed her 200-hour training at Konalani Yoga Ashram in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, before taking Laughing Lotus’ 50-hour super sequencing training in New York.
A Florida native and Oglethorpe University graduate, Charlotte moved to Atlanta in 2005 and currently lives in West End with her boyfriend Luke and two dogs, Olive and Blinkin.
Catch her in the studio throughout the week, and follow along with snaps of her life on Instagram and her favorite tunes on Spotify at @charlotte.kilbourn. Don’t forget to “be brave, be weird, be unequivocally you.”
During college, she began practicing yoga to escape her intense cheerleading training; a desire to find more purposeful friendships and cultivate a greater well-being kept her coming back. After a lifetime of perfection-based sports, yoga was the first thing Carly practiced where a perfect-ten mentality wasn’t required, and she delighted in yoga’s celebration of imperfection.
At only 24, she opened Thunderbolt as a community-based studio where instructors practice with each other, students make friends, and yogis count on clean spaces and familiar faces.
As a YA 200 E-RYT, Carly’s studied and practiced with influencers and teachers across the country. In addition to teaching, she leads Carly Grace Power Yoga RYS Trainings, and generates content for her lifestyle/wellness blog, carlygraceyoga.com.
When teaching, she encourages people to move like themselves, helps students be audaciously playful in their practices and lives, and hopes to inspire the “be for one another” mentality that shapes her business.
Meet Carly for a sweaty, soul-drenched class, say “hello” on Instagram @carlygraceyoga, and tune in for her online yoga classes, launching soon!